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Are we learning standard academic German or spoken German?

Are we learning standard academic German or spoken German? What type of German Duolingo wants us to learn? I know from English there are differences between Standard academic language and spoken language. Any ideas? THANKS

March 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
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We're learning so called "Hochdeutsch" = standard German

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thanks

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

Oh, that's hard to say. There are many different levels of spoken German, that can also include academic levels. I would say it's definitely not too informal, I didn't see many words that you should avoid in e.g. a job interview. A good part sounds like "Behördendeutsch" to me, i.e. words that would sound artificial or technical in a conversation among friends and family, but also this is also necessary to read or listen to news or read warning signs and the like. On the other hand, Duo is not really teaching all the funny speaking habits, e.g. when to say das or es, the myriads of different meanings of modal particles, that are mostly omitted in written and official texts.

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thanks very much. That is very informative. Cheers

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BurkMiggo

Congratulation on reaching Level 25. It is generally excepted that Duo can get you to A1 or possibly A2 level in German. You Questions are interesting but really do not apply to Duo. The questions you pose require a persons fluency at least C1 level.

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thanks. That is interesting to know.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hermesianax

I doubt any DL course offers proper 'academic' language or true colloquial use. The vocab is always very basic - often not exceeding 2000 words (lemmas) - and you'll encounter few topics which can properly be labelled 'academic' or 'colloquial'.

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thanks for your answer. I agree with you

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/holdredial

Last week on the Easy German channel on YouTube, they had a video showing "6 Differences between Written and Spoken German" (Easy German 234) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPTWJus10SA

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

THANKS

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/7hAu0bvY

you are learnig high geman which actually is academic german. spoken german would usually mean some kind of dialekt. so you can say what high german is the common laguage and and the academic laguage in the same time in germany . greetings from Germany ;-)

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thanks 7hAu0bvY ... very insightful. Greeting back at you from UK. I love Germany

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/7hAu0bvY

you also have to keep in mind that 150 years ago Germany was still splittert in many little kingdoms. it was only unified at the end of the 19. century.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Andu444

it's standard German which is the same as spoken German, just not in all parts where a dialect might be spoken instead

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Ok thank you for the piece of information you have provided.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JuleneDS

Interesting question - yes I'd much rather learn enough for a german person to understand me and not necessarily learn enough to write an academic paper.

(The way I speak English is not how I would write an essay for a university class, so I feel like other languages have this 'formal' distinction in language as well)

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thanks. that is a good view point

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Edgard111496

Dude, this is standard German. But, if you are learning some academic discipline, sure the words you use in your natural language are similar than germanic words. It is normal that exists a common pack of words in the specialized areas of knowledge, between diferents languages.

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/7hAu0bvY

migth be because enlish is a germanic laguage as well?

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Edgard111496

In a part. For example, I am a spanish natural speaker, graduated in Filosophy and I don't know English a lot, but I can to read Filosophy in English without big problems, because the specific words of my discipline are similar in both languages, being spanish a latin language and english a germanic (saxon) language. Then, is more easy to lear English if you think how to the German is reflected by the English. Then, for me is more easy to learn German in Englist that learn in spanish. Ahhh, I want to read, write and speak German a lot. I am in love with it language, it sounds like each word was made carefuly and with tenderness. Auf wiedersehn.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/7hAu0bvY

yes there are many common words with spanish and other romanic languages as well... during the migration Period around 400 a. D. many germanic people migrated to nowadays italy and spain bringing their languages along people startet to adopt some germanic words in to their romanic language. plus of course during the roman emire the romans brought their language along, and some romanic words where adopted to the germanic languages. so it startet to mix.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

That is very good insight into languages and how they work. Nice to hear your slant on things. Much appreciated und Auf wiedersehn

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

I agree with your explanation and points of view. Thanks for taking the time and communicating with me/ us. Auf wiedersehn.

March 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Thank yyou for your interpretation and view point.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/weirditaliandish

the only thing i can pay attention to is your profile pic...

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

oh well, you made me laugh!

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/weirditaliandish

that's good. it's pretty funny

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Yes it is. If you think so, I do not mind, there is no harm in this! Tschüss :)

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/weirditaliandish

Tschüss, Freund

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/edsanosian-II

Dankeschön Freundin

March 16, 2018
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